Sunscreen -Coppertone - Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 30
MsVengeance 1/4/2009 5:41:00 PM
Bought this recently because I used to use the 45 version of this stuff as my everyday sunscreen and i've never had any problems with break outs from it. No way is this crap sweatproof---i wouldnt trust it longer than 10 minutes if you're outside being active. But see...i'm not very active, and i dont hang out in the hot sun all day so i figured this one would do for the winter at least. I actually like the dewy look it gives, but it totally reeks (like chemicals) and it tends to burn. The thing that really sucks though, is that the 30 seems to be basically useless as far as sun protection goes. Red lights have recently become the bane of my existence; i dont have tinted windows and i can feel myself burning within a few minutes---getting stuck in traffic on the freeway always sucked, but hooman, it sucks even more when all you can think about is how sunburned your getting.... But maybe you're an agoraphobic hermit or something? If so, go for it; this one's got you covered on your daily walk to the mailbox.
I've always wanted to try Maybelline's matte mousse but i had to keep clear due to the ingredients (my skin hates jojoba oil). But here we go: this one is oil free, and the ingredients are pretty similar to L'oreal's True Match---so basically, it's got lots of other stuff....but hey, at least it doesnt have a usleless SPF of 12. The coverage is also similar to True Match (medium), but this has a nice whipped cosistency to it and a silker/dewier finish (shine nazis beware; you might want to skip this one). I applied with my fingertips and while i wasnt lookin too airbrushed i DID like the end result (dewy). Liked it alot over my Neutragena SPF but when i wore it over my less mattifying coppertone SPF it was WAY too shiny (looked slimy), so i'm thinking i wont be able to wear this in the summer. This stuff also comes in an easy access pump bottle and I know it's naughty, but because you can unscrew the top without breaking the seal, it's easy to return it if you get the wrong color.... And watch out----this stuff oxidates (maybelline always does on me), so it's pretty easy to get the wrong color. Moving up a shade lighter helped. I might buy again, but it's nothing special and i plan to keep looking...
This one has a nice matte finish, so if you're a shine nazi but you want to try minerals check out this one. I really like that this is a pressed powder instead of loose, and it really does give great coverage---for mineral make-up... Basically i've learned the only way to get decent coverage from mineral make-up is i either have to pile it on or wear it on top of my regular make-up; this one was no exception to that rule. But again, for a mineral make-up it DID give decent coverage, and i thought it was easy to blend with my other make-up (unlike Everyday Minerals). Makes a good "setting powder", esp. if you're into the matte look. I'd perfer a "dewier" look but i'd buy it again because it matches my yellow toned skin and doesn't break me out....also it's pretty cheap ($8). Just in case you're wondering (i know i was)----Ingredients: Mica - Cl 77019 , Ethylhexyl Palmitate , Squalane , Zinc Stearate , Silica , Isopropyl Isostearate , Magnesium Stearate , Magnesium Myristate , Boron Nitride , Lauroyl Lysine , Kaolin , Sodium Dehydroacetate , Methylparaben , Retinyl Palmitate , Propylparaben , Tocopheryl Acetate , Butylparaben , Ascorbyl Palmitate , Titanium Dioxide - Cl 77891 , Iron Oxides - Cl 77491 - 77492 - 77499 , Ultramarines - Cl 77007 - May Contain , Bismuth Oxychloride - Cl 77163 - May Contain , Carmine - Cl 75470 - May Contain , Manganese Violet - Cl 77742 I recently tried a mmu that gave me an angry red welt within minutes of application, so guess i can be sensitive to bismuth, however this powder didnt irritate my skin at all, maybe because it it's not the main ingredient or something. Update: whoops, apparently i spoke too soon... Started developing little red bumps of irritation from this so i had to stop. (My skin seems to hate powder in general though, so dont let it stop you.)
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation - Intensive formula [DISCONTINUED]
MsVengeance 12/13/2008 4:08:00 PM
I'm editing my earlier review because it was basically one long rant about how this stuff didnt work for me. Well it still doesnt work for me, but i've finally realized that mineral make-up in general doesnt---not unless i pile it on or wear it over regular make-up; this one was no exception. It's very opaque and has a tendency to cake, but i didnt find it particularly drying (i've got combo skin), ironically, it only feels drying when i apply it wet. But the thing that really sucks about this stuff is the lack of coverage it gives----basically it's like any other mineral powder only it's matte and chalky... Dont believe the hype and maybe you'l be impressed. Giving this 3 tubes because it matches my skin nicely, and as a concealer it doesnt suck too bad, sometimes i even use a coat of it as "setting" powder (I ended up buy it for those reasons).
Samples -Everyday Minerals - Free Sample Makeup Kit [DISCONTINUED/REPLACED]
MsVengeance 12/13/2008 2:22:00 PM
$3 for shipping, but it's worth it, (who doesnt like getting mail?), and you can order it as many times as you want. Maybe someone down there mentions it, but it's worth repeating: If you go to their "faq" page (in the "about" section) they have better descriptions of the foundation colors---they also tell you the difference between the formulas there. Even if you're looking for heavy coverage, i'd suggest ordering at least 1 semi-matte. Mine came within 5 days of ordering---it comes in 5 little lipgloss-sized containers (sometimes bigger), and it really IS more than enough to last you 2 weeks, (even if you're heavily abusin it... ).
Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand - Amuse Glitter Eyeliner -Wine
MsVengeance 12/3/2008 12:12:00 PM
Sorry, I've actually never used Amuses' glitter liner, (but I bet it doesn't suck), this is a review for their Black liquid liner---waterproof, "salon formula"; all their liquid liner is. If you're looking for a bold matte black line with great staying power; here you go; this stuff is pretty awesome. I was in Lake Havesu, AZ---stuck outside in 117 degree heat---when i first used it. That whole trip was one big suckfest...but my eyeliner partied pretty damn hard. Dont go puttin it in your waterline (made me cry), and if you f it up, you better fix it before it dries; this one's basically a sealer in itself---like a temporary tattoo. Plus, the applicator doesnt suck and it's only 99 cents. Only prob is it's hard to find (i only ever find it in the mom&pop shops), unless you want to buy it off Ebay, (i did). Apparently i'm the only one that likes it, but there you go.
My face doesn't seem to respond well to foundation brushes---but---I was really liking the way this made my foundation look; so I tried real hard.... You really can go for the flawless look with this brush; every foundation seemed to look so much better when applied and blended into my skin this way. But see, it's only getting those 3 tubes because before i bought this one, i had been using a "Face Secrets" foundation brush with the same exact results...only, i ended up liking that one better and I used that one more because it was a bit smaller (shorter) and it fit into a snack-size ziploc, making it easier to haul around. Also, i think that one was about $20 cheaper...
Recently became a mineral make-up victim and hooooman---i'm so glad i gave this a try! I only used one asprin (coated kind worked fine) and since i planned to sleep in it; i crushed it up and only added a bit of water to make it into a paste. It was crumbly and i wondered why i even bothered (would it even stay on my face?) but I went ahead and applied it to all the angry red zits that had been cropping up everywhere. Then i went to bed (and tried valiantly to stay on my back....). When i woke up my humungo zits weren't so humungo and they definitely weren't pissed at me anymore! F me---it really does reduce inflammation and redness!
Powder -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation
MsVengeance 11/30/2008 7:14:00 PM
I really liked this stuff at first; maybe it'll work out for you. L'oreal's color card display thingy made it really easy to find my match, which for me is always a plus (hate dealing with salespeople). This one's got the potential for a great "setting" powder---as a foundation it didn't offer as much coverage as i would've liked, but i found it fairly easy to blend with concealer. A fellow MUA'er had warned me recently that this stuff contains a certain chemical (bismuth) known to irrate some women and cause cystic acne---but damn i really liked the healthy glow this gave me---maybe i wasnt one of them....turns out i am--:( It only took a couple of days, and looking back now, i guess it did make my face itch a little (thought it was my cheap brush), but i have no idea if that's a precurser or not. I'm no stranger to cystic acne, (i tend to get it without the bismuth), but my skin has been pretty clear for the past couple of weeks and i never break out along my jawline unless i wear perfume or certain hair products (and i wasn't). But maybe you're skin doesn't mind stuff like that? If so; giver a try---cuz, i dunno, i thought it was pretty good before those humungo zits started cropping up... Edit: Turns out it WAS the brush that made me itch! I dont think it was the bismuth that was irritating my skin, i think it might actually the SPF (it burns). For some reason i found this reassuring, and I gave it another try (stupid i know) and ended up breaking out all over again. Totally sucks, because now that i've tried other minerals, i like the way this one looked the best...
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55
MsVengeance 11/29/2008 12:06:00 AM
SPF coverage that lasts throughout the day is important to me; my asian skin tends to scar really easily, and due to my recent use of scription topicals it's become an absolute must. I've been using it on and off for the past year---i always thought it was breaking me out, i mean it almost felt like a mask the first time i used it, and just look at that SPF, how could it not? But everytime i've switched brands the only difference i've noticed it that i end up getting sunburned (or tan), so i keep coming back to this; i never sweat it off, and it doesn't make me shiny (in fact it seems to make me more matte). A little goes a long goes a long way, it's true; it'll give you an odd white cast if you apply too generously.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
MsVengeance 11/28/2008 10:41:00 PM
Got real excited when i read all the reviews here; people are apparently using this stuff for everything from treating acne to dandruff, and alot of them seem to think it's the poop, but i dunno... I went out and bought the good kind, then rubbed it in before washing my face at night for more than a week (pretty brazen considering i have acne), and know what? It didnt make me break out (not anymore than usual), it DID make my skin softer, even gave it a subtle glow at first, but some people down there are touting this as a miracle cure for acne and it's not---it made absolutely no difference in that---it just made my combo skin a whole lot shinier (i only used it at night!), and i eventually had to stop because my make-up was just sliding right off my face... (the older ladies seem to like this though, so i dunno; maybe you will too...) Rubbed it into my scalp, even rubbed a little in my hair once---yuck, thumbs down... (If you've got a case of the flakes try alternating shampoos with every wash; it helps with the build up and hoooman---it smells way better...) Used it for a body moisturizer---rinse it off in the shower and i guess it doesn't suck, but really, it's nothing to cheer about, (i dunno about you, but i'm not into smelling like pasta...). Eye make-up remover---thumps down; not only does that bottle have the potential to create a real mess but it also made my eye make-up slide right off the next day, so i never even bothered converting to travel size. (i actually think vaseline is better for this). Used it for cuticle oil---and well, i guess i liked it for that...but see now i'm stuck with this big bottle... I recently tried it on my lips---no dice. Except for being plagued by that nasty taste all night, i noticed absolutely no difference---which totally sucked because my lips have been majorly chapped lately and i really needed it---:( So bottom line---yeah, i guess it'll do in a pinch for some stuff, but why bother when they've got better options at the 99 cents store? But hey, i guess you've got it in your pantry and maybe you're hoping it'll be the poop---so go ahead; knock yourself out---just remember that a little goes a very long way with this stuff.
Moisturizers -Clean & Clear - SOFT Oil-Free Moisturzer - Day ] [DISCONTINUED]
MsVengeance 11/28/2008 6:39:00 PM
I was a big fan of C&C's shine free (now discontinued) moisturizer, so when this came out, i gave it a try, (also; i was totally broke), and now, months later, after finally switching to something else (somthing a tad more $ called "derma 24") i'm realizing just how much this one sucks... I've been breaking out pretty bad for the last year; maybe it's hormones and make-up (that vicious cycle)---but i swear to god, my skin condition certainly didnt improve while i was using this... No way did it get any softer; throughout the entire time i used this stuff i was always noticing wrinkles everywhere, which is odd, because as other reviewers have mentioned, it gives you major shine---i guess it basically just sits on top of the skin, (and yes, i exfoliate regularly), so if i were you i wouldn't even bother with this one...
I recently went to an esthetician (been breaking out like crazy for the past year) and she told me that any mineral make-up---doesnt matter what kind---liquid or powder, even the cheapo drugstore kind, would be better for my skin than what i was using (L. True Match). "The only problem with mineral make-up is it provides less covrage", she mentioned. Yeah well, she wasn't kidding... This foundation is like a tinted gel, I used it for over 2 weeks and while it didn't improve the quality of my skin (as its' silly ad claims) it didnt give me shine problems, and it didnt make me break me out---however---if you're like me and have had acne (and the scars to prove it) or have pigmentation probs of any kind, you might want to skip this one...I basically ended up using concealer on my entire face; the whole process had my self-esteem plummeting---:( I've also tried 3 different shades (and combos); but no matter what i always end up tinted orange--my mixed asian coloring doesnt seem to exist on Maybelline's color wheel (i had forgotten this). But hey, maybe you happen to be one of those people with near flawless skin, and you like wearing make-up for the sheer novelty of it? Perhaps you also happen to be naturally orange? If so; here you go.
Eyeliner -New York Color - Eye Liner Pencil in 921A (Black)
MsVengeance 11/28/2008 3:12:00 PM
I've tried a ton of different brands/types of eyeliner---the high end $20-a-stick (or sometimes pot) kinds; the $6-a-stick drugstore brands---well, they weren't all bad...but i always ended up coming back to this one. Best drugstore eyeliner by far, and i like it better than most of the expensive stuff. Comes in a lengthy stick and it's nice and blendable (a bit smudgy), and i'm able to achieve a range of different looks with it depending on how i apply it, (straight from the stick or melting it and applying with a brush, etc.)---but hold on---you better make sure you check the end of that stick; make sure it says 921A. Dont be fooled by it's tard cousin; 921 (this A-less wonder will have you thinking you've gotten an old one, or maybe it was even a fluke that you liked it at all), apparently that little "A" is the difference between Smooth As Butter and Total Crap, so just beware... Note: I should probably mention that I usually set my eyeliner (no matter what kind it is) with She Laq---a pricy "sealer" (go test it at Sephora first) that's worth looking into if you hate smudging/touch ups...